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Media Watching Media: Are You Glad There Is More Scrutiny?

By using the term "Obama's Baby Mama" to refer to Michelle Obama, Fox News has once again caused outrage. Earlier this week we discussed how a Fox News host referred to the celebratory fist bump exchanged between Barack and Michelle, as a "terrorist fist jab." There seems to be a trend: news stations are making the news.

Today's Wall Street Journal examines how activist groups and everyday citizens are not letting these offensive statements slip by. The article states:

In a campaign that includes the first viable African-American presidential candidate, the lines of appropriate speech have become fuzzy. News organizations are under pressure from a broad network of self-appointed watchdogs, including organized groups like Media Matters and individuals. These watchdogs are likely to remain vigilant about gaffes, misstatements, and potentially biased language through the November vote.

Since this campaign season has started, news organizations have issued at least 10 apologies. Even if you don't find anything wrong with poorly chosen words on television, do you think the public benefits from at least knowing about these incidents?


janneth janneth 9 years
well well well, interesting stuff for a sunday night.
flutterpie flutterpie 9 years
"you mean pacific time" "no specific time, it means that it starts specifically at eight'o clock" :ROTFL: sorry i can never pass up an opportunity to inject a family guy quote.
kastarte2 kastarte2 9 years
Thanks cab. They are such happy little scallions.
em1282 em1282 9 years
Hmm, I've never made the Osama/Obama slip, nor the pacific/specific one. Maybe I'm just an elitist. ;)
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
kas - i love your avatar!
kastarte2 kastarte2 9 years
Couldn't be helped. My best friend was in town and I had to go shopping for a new car. Some jerkface smashed mine up in the middle of the night and ran away. No excuses though. I should have made time for sugar. Now I have no idea what is going on in the world.
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
Now you know better. Don't go away for the weekend ;) GTR :pucca:
kastarte2 kastarte2 9 years
Wow, I go away for a weekend and it takes me an hour to catch up on all the drama.
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
You're welcome.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 9 years
Steph, if I'm not mistaken that is a personal attack and completely inappropriate given your stance on this issue. :wink: And Dave, thanks!
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
Interesting new avatar G.S.
stephley stephley 9 years
G.S. might try wiping fog from her brain next.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 9 years
Lul, I did find it hilarious as this whole thread people are saying Fox is so awful and then two big contributors to that start saying oooh cut the pc crap. Great Som wipes tears of laughter from her eyes.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 9 years
Mintie, in this land of free speech. How would they go about that?
Mintie Mintie 9 years
Fox News should be disbanned. They are a laughing stock the world over.
lula29 lula29 9 years
Great Sommelier, No not kidding. But glad you think I'm funny baby.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 9 years
And the osama/obama thing...I have probably personally heard at least 20-30 people make that slip. Libs and cons. I have made it. It is like specific pacific. Lighten up.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 9 years
Ok, I'm not through the mountain of posts yet, but I have to comment to Steph and lulu. :rotfl: You have to be kidding, right? SAying cut the pc stuff. :rotfl:
stephley stephley 9 years
Contributor Liz Trotta did it on Fox late last month - smoothed it over by making that little assassinate them both joke but I think CNN has made the 'mistake' more often.
flutterpie flutterpie 9 years
i agree that fox is guilty of subliminal messaging and being overall jackasses but hellooo keith olberman or air america anyone. its not racism or politics, its just shoddy tabloid journalism.
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
And its not only Fox that was guilty of the Osama/Obama flubs.
Kimpossible Kimpossible 9 years
well once is one thing.. but constantly or consistently is different. Thanks for that info UD.
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
There is documented proof of people mistating his name once, but that's almost old history. I haven't heard anything like that in the last 8-12 months. Feel free to correct me if I'm wrong.
Kimpossible Kimpossible 9 years
I have a hard time believing that a network would be able to get away with those types of "errors" (Osama not Obama, or Osama's pic not Obama's etc). But I don't watch the news so I don't know if those statements are true or not.
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
:rotfl: That's a great read for Father's day.
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